Starting School Advice

Special Needs School Advice

With “back to school” now just weeks away, I have been receiving alot of emails requesting “my” advice from, in particular, parents of children starting school or preschool this September. As you may know from reading The Little Puddins Blog, I have two boys with Autism, SPD, and Intellectual Disability, that makes me an expert on “my” children, but not an expert on all children with disability.

I decided for this post instead of giving just my “advice” I would ask other experienced parents on what they thought was the best advice to give. I posted the question over on my Facebook Blog Page and lots of brilliant parents commented, giving their advice to parents of children with special needs starting school/preschool this September. I hope you find their advice helpful and I would love to hear your advice too, so comment below and I’ll add include your advice later in the week when I update this post. [Read more…]

Old Mac Donald had a farm

Old Mac Donald had a farm

As promised in my Wheels on the Bus Free printable download post, here is the “Old Mac Donald” Interactive Nursery Rhyme Printable suitable for children (with and without) Autism.  [Read more…]

Orchard Toys make Learning Fun

Orchard Toys ReviewEvery family has their “go-to” toys, family favorites, much loved, worn out games, puzzles and toys that will hold a treasured place in the memories of little hearts, forever. When you live in a special needs family; you really learn the value of time spent together, I don’t mean physically in the same place but that real sense of “together”, connecting on a level that spoken words can’t really describe. [Read more…]

The Hit List

Post Box Game

Post Box Game

Following on from my Review the other day of Orchard Toys “Farmyard Friends” Game I recieved many emails asking what games Conor first played with from Orchard Toys. There are so many brilliant games available on their website that it would be so hard to narrow it down to just a few games. I have created a short post on a few of the first games we used with Conor all those years ago. [Read more…]

Knockrooskey

Knockrooskey NS. Image - Coylekennedy.com

Knockrooskey NS. Westport, Co. Mayo
Image – Coylekennedy.com

Knockrooskey National School

I know a great many Parents who struggle every single day to ensure their children have access to the education they deserve no matter their ability. I read about their struggles every day, I hear about their struggles often as many of my own friends who have children with Special Needs have to go to unspeakable lengths to have their children’s voices heard and rights acknowledged.

I remember a time before Conor had started school. We had no idea what was the best thing to do for him. At that point in his life he was afraid to leave the house, would get physically sick if he had to go anywhere new, would have anxiety attacks going into new places so we always kept him in a Special Needs Pushchair so he felt there was a “barrier” between his personal space and where he would be  physically at that time. I just remember being extremely anxious and worried as we tried to decide on his behalf where would be best for him to go to school. [Read more…]

Communication Passport

 

A Communication Passport for School.

You will need to create a Communication Passport at the beginning of each school year on behalf of your child if they are unable to create it for themselves. A Communication Passport is like a booklet all about your child from their perspective. You create it with a reader in mind who knows nothing about your child. You can include pictures of your child and his/her family, or any other documentation you feel would be necessary. It is a very personal document to your child and as such no two will be exactly alike.

The Passport I created for Conor this year is actually completely different to the one I had made originally last year, as his needs/preferences and experiences have changed. Your child may have made progress in some areas, maybe they have regressed whatever the change may be it is important to include it in the document as it will all be relevant. [Read more…]

Special Needs Back To School Checklist

Back to School Checklist

 

The School journey for children begins again in less than a week. For most the start of school life or the return for another year brings excitement, anticipation, a few nerves at best. For children with special needs this can be an increasingly daunting time, knowing the start of the new school term is fast approaching, bringing with it possible anxiety, meltdowns and real fear of change and the unknown.

♥Children starting school.

If your child is starting school for the first time, both of you may be feeling anxious and nervous right now about what may lay ahead. There are things you can do to prepare your little one for the impending school term, to help them cope and feel ready to start. [Read more…]